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Muppets, Lannisters, and wrongful termination—which one isn’t like the others?

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:02
by Mark I. Schickman Kermit the Frog has been fired! From his birth in 1955 until 1990, Kermit was performed by his creator, Jim Henson. Since 1990, veteran Muppet performer Steve Whitmire donned the green felt. During Whitmire’s tenure, Kermit appeared in over 20 movies, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was grand marshal of the...
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PTO for charity work: You give a little, they take a lot?

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 06:00
by Susan Hartmus Hiser Q Our company’s production work generally gets slow in the summer, and the company’s owner is a longtime proponent of charity work. Rather than giving employees extra vacation time in the summer or even laying them off, he would like to start offering a week of paid time off (PTO) to allow employees to do some...
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Summertime heat wave could be hazardous to employees’ health

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00
by Jodi R. Bohr Because I’m an Arizona native, you would think I would be able to tolerate the excessive heat that visits the Phoenix area every summer. For the most part, I can. I plan my day around early morning errands and hole up the rest of the day in air-conditioned indoors. I never go anywhere without my trusty water cup. And like most...
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My employee is accused of a work-related crime—what should I do?

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 06:06
by Andrea Moseley Last year, CareerBuilder found that 31 percent of employees don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a physical threat and 31 percent don’t feel their workplace is well protected from a digital hacking threat. Common sense dictates, and my experience representing corporate officials and employees confirms,...
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Employment verification nightmares: fake I-9s, bad Social Security numbers, and reverification catch-22

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 06:20
by Jacob M. Monty No one looks forward to an I-9 audit from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). I-9s are notoriously problematic because not only does the law dictate which types of documents an employer may accept, but it also stipulates that employers cannot demand or refuse particular documents. In other words, if a document is on...
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Know how to avoid hazards of absence management

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 06:07
Managing absences is hard enough when an employer’s only worry is getting the work covered, but when extended absences and overlapping laws also factor into the equation, the job gets even trickier.  Federal, state, and local laws don’t always intersect smoothly, meaning employers need to be especially careful when dealing with employees in...
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6 steps to avoid crashing and burning like United Airlines

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 06:00
by Michael P. Maslanka Someday you may be the point person when your company has a PR nightmare. Let’s see what we can learn from the recent debacle in which a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight. Lesson #1: Measure twice, cut once Let’s start with the first of two apologies from United’s CEO: This is an upsetting event to...
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Summertime vacation fun: reviewing your PTO policy

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 06:00
by Jeffrey M. Cropp Summer is upon us. The kids are out of school, and your employees are taking time off for vacation. As a result, it’s a good time to take stock of your vacation policy and how it’s being implemented. This article addresses various issues associated with vacation policies.  I need that in writing Vacation...
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Supreme Court’s action on ‘travel ban’ eases some employer concerns

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:20
by Tammy Binford and Holly Jones The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow a limited form of President Donald Trump’s “travel ban” to take effect means people from the affected countries who work for employers in the United States are probably exempt from the ban. But the decision doesn’t clear up all questions for those employees and...
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Does your organization suffer from ‘hiring snooze’?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 06:00
by Samuel D. Kerr We’ve all heard the common saying “You snooze, you lose.” Put another way, if you don’t pay attention and do something right away, someone else will do it before you can and enjoy the benefit. Taking too long to complete the hiring process can have the same effect.  Laws that may come into...
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Ivanka Trump, senators advance ideas on paid family leave

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 13:49
by Tammy Binford As the idea to make paid family leave mandatory continues to gain attention, employers may be wondering what various paid leave proposals might mean for their businesses. A June 20 meeting between first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and a handful of senators doesn’t draw a clear picture of what may be in store,...
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ATK curdles its executive transition

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 06:00
by Mark I. Schickman We wrote last May about the kerfuffle between ABC-TV and Kelly Ripa when the network moved Live! with Kelly and Michael cohost Michael Strahan off the show behind her back (see “Pop quiz: Will she be Ripa roaring mad?”). The diminutive Ripa and the global network have since kissed and made up, although the proof will...
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Looking for solutions to the talent gap? Don’t forget legal concerns

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 06:03
Employers in an array of fields lament a shortage of talent. Sometimes employers are able to attract a flood of eager applicants, but few possess the skills and qualities needed. Other times, employers need people for special, short-term projects, and they don’t want to take on full-time, permanent employees to get the job done. No matter what...
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Why employee engagement must be a priority, not an option

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 06:06
by Jimmy Daniel When it comes to your workplace, do you know how many members of your team are truly engaged? On average, U.S. companies have an engagement level of 32%. Basically, one out of three of your team members is engaged. Studies suggest that disengaged employees cost the U.S. economy between $400 billion and $600 billion a year!...
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Think your drug policy is sound? Better factor in changing marijuana laws

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 06:00
Not so many years ago employers emphasized the importance of drug-free workplace policies—policies that often included zero-tolerance provisions. But as marijuana laws have undergone significant change in recent years, it’s time to give a second look to policies that may not have been updated in years.  Peter Lowe, an attorney with Brann...
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Supreme Court preview? Breaking down Justice Gorsuch’s opinion in the ‘frozen trucker’ case

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 06:19
by Peter Lowe In April,  Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court late in the term. Because Gorsuch is known for adhering to the letter of the law, his confirmation was seen as good news for employers. As his first term comes to an end and the Court starts to release the bigger, headline-making opinions, now is a good time to learn a...
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Workers and grief: What HR needs to consider when employees suffer loss

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 06:02
Knowing what to do when someone suffers the loss of a loved one isn’t easy, especially in the workplace, where some people are open about personal relationships and others strive for separation between their work and personal lives. But no matter an employee’s thinking, certain situations—particularly a death in the family—make explanations...
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